Tour Survival 2015/16 – Player by Player


As the nights draw in and the clocks go back, it is also that time of the year when I take a close look at the battle for tour places from the start of the 2016/17 season. As regular readers will be well aware, to fully understand how each of the current tour players are currently placed, it is necessary to analyse a number of different ranking lists and orders of merit.

With two of the biggest money events to come in the International Championship and UK Championship tournaments, today I take my first player-by-player look at the current state of play and flag up some of the surprise names with work to do if they are to remain on tour for another season…

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The Q School Qualifiers 2014


Following two weeks of snooker at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester, we now know the names of another eight professionals, following the completion of the 2014 Q School.

Click below for a round-up of the eight qualifiers, or here to view the updated roll call, setting out the latest list of confirmed professionals for the 2014/15 season…

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World Championship 2014: Tour Survival Blog


So it begins, tomorrow will see the start of the 2014 World Championship qualifiers and with them, the climax of the race for main tour places, which I have been talking about so much during the past few months.

Though you can view my extended player-by-player guide to tour survival here, this then is the post that will be updated throughout this week’s matches, making focusing on those which could prove key to certain players hopes of remaining on the main tour for at least another season…

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Gdynia Open 2014: Tour Survival Blog


The eighth event of the 2013/14 European Tour is now underway in Gdynia and as explained earlier in the week, the implications of the event in terms of tour survival is significant, with the finalisation of the European Order of Merit after this event.

Click below for my rolling blog which will be updated throughout the day, flagging up the results to keep an eye on and those currently in position to retain a tour card through this list. I will also keep an eye on the race for PC finals spots, wherever that event will ultimately end up taking place…

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Second Season Success

So far this season there have been a number of big talking points already, but one less obvious theme that I have found interesting, particularly in recent tournaments, is the improvement of some of the players currently on the second, of their two-year tour cards.

Indeed, Joel Walker in particular has demonstrated how the decision to award two-year tour cards from 2012/13 can help players, but is he an isolated case? Continue reading for a look at how those in his position have fared as their second season enters its final months and consideration of whether generally it is now easier for tour rookies to stay on the circuit…

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Leslie Captures Euro U-21 Crown

Congratulations to Scotland’s Michael Leslie who has today defeated On Q youngster Shane Castle 6-2 in the final of the European U-21 Championship to lift the trophy and secure his place on the main tour for the 2012/13 season.

With breaks of 76,121,100 and 91, Michael was clearly determined to go one better than 2011 when he lost out in the final to Poland’s Kacper Filipiak and while Shane has also impressed many observers during the past week, he had no answer to the 19-year-old Scot.

Click below for a full report on the final with quotes from the winner…

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